The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 12,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.
The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the US. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant teams as well as parent and consumer advocates.
ASDC is the premier source of information for people who must make decisions about deaf children: providers, educators, legislators, and advocates. ASDC sets out the following principles, which ASDC believes apply universally to deaf children, their families, and the professionals who serve them. These principles apply regardless of whether the family chooses a cochlear implant for their child, hearing aids, other hearing technology, or no hearing technology at all.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 191,500 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
In a rapidly-advancing world, technology is developed on the basis of spoken language. As a Deaf-owned company, we create signing-centric experiences that feel right to us. We come from different places and backgrounds, but there’s one thing we have in common. We communicate our ideas and find solutions in sign language, which influences everything we do.
With a $15,000 grant in 1975, CSD began providing sign language services in Sioux Falls, SD, from a broom closet. CSD quickly expanded to multiple programs and services designed to provide communication and access points for Deaf people. Programs and services included job placement and training, adult basic education classes, and domestic violence support, along with telecommunication relay services, video relay services, and then video remote interpreting. Today, CSD continues this influential ambition of ensuring equality among all people — in One World.
For more than 150 years, Gallaudet University has led advances in education of deaf and hard of hearing students and deaf rights worldwide. Today, students from across the United States and more than 25 countries-diverse in perspective, backgrounds, interests and communication styles-form an exciting learning community as they prepare for dynamic careers and a lifetime of growth.
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children. The work of the Clerc Center is guided by the Education of the Deaf Act, which sets forth our mission: To raise the achievement of deaf and hard of hearing students ages birth-21 nationwide by supporting the families and professionals who work with these students. This support is in turn guided by public input gathered from educators, professionals, and families working with deaf and hard of hearing children.
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are non-biased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. Our membership includes families who communicate manually and/or orally. From American Sign Language to cochlear implants, our organization represents people from all different approaches to, and experiences with, deafness or hearing loss. We have local chapters comprised mainly of parents along with professionals.
Hands & Voices of New York is a statewide chapter of the National Hands & Voices organization. Our organization is Parent-Driven. We are dedicated to supporting families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, regardless of communication modes or methodologies.
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans.
The Mission of the National Black Deaf Advocates is to promote the leadership development, economic and educational opportunities, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.
TDI (formally known as Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. ) was established in 1968 originally to promote further distribution of TTYs in the deaf community and to publish an annual national directory of TTY numbers. Today, it is an active national advocacy organization focusing its energies and resources to address equal access issues in telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind.
Launched nationally in 2000, CSDVRS was developed by and for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals as one of many services available from a nonprofit human services agency in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was the first organization to commercially develop and perfect video relay applications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers, spawning a booming video relay services (VRS) industry. Today, we are called ZVRS—a stand-alone, for-profit company still dedicated to that same spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence. In recent months, there have been many changes within the organization – the Z of today and tomorrow looks quite different from the Z of yesterday. The “New Z”, as it’s been coined, offers a fresh face and renewed drive for innovation and functional equivalence in communication access for all.